Governance Initiative Request for Proposals


J-PAL’s Governance Initiative (GI) funds randomized evaluations of strategies to improve governance in low- and middle-income countries.

J-PAL affiliates, J-PAL post-docs, and invited researchers are eligible to apply. PhD students, with support from an adviser who is a J-PAL affiliate or GI-invited researcher, are also eligible to apply for travel/proposal development grants and up to $50,000 for a pilot or full-scale study

By providing targeted funding for rigorous evaluations of the most promising programs to improve governance, GI aims to offer guidance for implementing organizations, governments, and donors, so that policies can be guided by scientific evidence to improve development outcomes.

For general instructions on how to apply and details on eligibility and proposal types, please refer to the the RFP Overview document under Application Documents below.

GI's Fall 2020 request for proposals is currently closed. Funding decisions will be announced in late January 2021.  

Proposal Timeline

GI has two regular funding cycles per year for full research projects, pilot studies, and travel/proposal development grants that address open questions outlined in the Governance Initiative Review Paper. Typically, RFPs are released in June and December, and funding decisions are announced in November and May. Each proposal is reviewed by three referees: an academic reviewer, a policy expert, and a member of the GI Review Board. The Review Board makes final funding decisions. 

Off-cycle proposals

GI also offers funding for randomized evaluations outside of the regular RFPs. These grants are intended for research projects that face a significant time constraint and need to receive funding before the end of a regular funding round to make use of an unanticipated opportunity (e.g. a newly announced policy change that will go into effect soon, creating an opportunity for a randomized evaluation). Proposals must clearly justify the need to receive a decision on an expedited schedule. The maximum amount awarded to off-cycle proposals is $50,000. 

Reporting Templates for Awardees

GI Full and Pilot Study Grantee Report Template

GI Full and Pilot Study Financial Report Template

GI Preliminary Results Report Template

GI Full and Pilot 3 Month Start Up Report Template

Basic J-PAL Costing Template

GI Travel Grant Progress Report Template

GI Travel Grant Expense Form